Tech Bits

P2P file share made easy

August 4, 2014
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P2P file share made easy

This P2P file sharing app encrypts and transfers unlimited size files.  Potential recipients can download the software for direct sharing or click on an emailed link for cloud-based downloading.  The app functions now on Mac OS x 10.7+ or Windows-enabled desktops.  A mobile app and a Linux app are in the process of development.  Originally…

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Images and licensing

August 4, 2014
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Images and licensing

The Edublog community, an organization started in Australia and now worldwide, is dedicated to providing educational blogging for education.  One of the blog postings on images and licensing provides an extensive current directory of directed search engines that are preselected based upon type of subject, resolution, license availability, and user safety. The search engines make…

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Social Media Management and Monitoring with Sociota

May 10, 2014
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Social Media Management and Monitoring with Sociota

As social media tools populate our classroom offers, it can be difficult to stay abreast of all of the information.  Social media management and monitoring tools offer solutions for the information overload.  Sociota’s free tool for individual users brings new features not offered by most of its competition.  Now, it is possible to manage and…

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Rethinking and reviewing news—Mobile innovation

May 10, 2014
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Rethinking and reviewing news—Mobile innovation

Many apps provide news headlines and short summaries.  Circa goes a step further and breaks the news into elements such as facts, quotes, photos and maps.  Critical information is presented first.  By choosing to follow certain breaking news items, the reader is brought up to date in real-time on both the mobile device and via…

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Taking advantage of the backchannel―virtual online chat room

April 8, 2014
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Taking advantage of the backchannel―virtual online chat room

Keeping up with the discussion clutter during conference presentations disturbs both the presenter and the listener.  Twitter and other social media require mastery of technologies and the ability to respond with the appropriate symbols, such as hashtags.  In the end, conversation bits that might be useful can get buried in the mass of information or…

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Statistics made easier

April 8, 2014
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Statistics made easier

With partial support from the National Science Foundation, a selection of useful education tools for reviewing statistics’ concepts is made available for free through the Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics.  The interactive website uses Java, which must be brought current in the user’s computer and security level needs to be set back to medium.  Otherwise,…

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Trello―virtual project management with pinup cards

March 12, 2014
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Trello―virtual project management with pinup cards

Many project management apps exist, but one of the easiest to work with is Trello.  For IOS, Android systems and the Windows 8 tablet, Trello is a visual organizer that scales automatically to the screen you are using.  Multiple collaborators can upload materials (files, images, links, lists) to a Trello team page.  These files are…

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SyncSpace―synced whiteboard collaboration

March 12, 2014
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SyncSpace―synced whiteboard collaboration

Sometimes simple is better.  With the SyncSpace app for IOS or Android, multiple users can work on the same whiteboard at the same time over the Internet to brainstorm visually or through words.  Files can be viewed on PC, Mac and mobile devices using a web browser.  They can be shared via online sites, such…

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ESRI Story mapping with ArcGIS

February 10, 2014
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ESRI Story mapping with ArcGIS

Data-mapping with visual overlays can be useful to the researcher.  ESRI has a collection of free story mapping templates, as well as completed examples, that can be dropped into an appropriate report.  The online software is available for a 30-day free trial period, with individual subscriptions available for a nominal annual fee.  The data analytic…

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Hangouts On Air – video conferencing made easy

February 10, 2014
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Hangouts On Air – video conferencing made easy

Google+ brings an important addition to online video conferencing software.  With the Hangouts On Air offer, a group of up to ten people participate in a live streaming broadcast of their event.  This includes the possibility to record a YouTube video that can be shared publicly or privately.  The advantages of this offer, including the…

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